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Kennedy McMann Has Been Preparing to Play Nancy Drew All Her Life

Kennedy McMann Has Been Preparing to Play Nancy Drew All Her Life

Kennedy McMann and Leah Lewis speak on stage during the Nancy Drew panel at 2019 New York Comic Con at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Sunday (October 6) in New York City.

The two actors were joined by co-stars Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon, Maddison Jaizani and Scott Wolf as they promoted the new CW show.

In a recent interview, Kennedy opened up about how it was fate for her to play the title role.

“I come from a super literary family. My mom’s an author. I grew up reading the books. I played the computer games all through college. I was hogging the family computer when I was a kid, and then it just became my laptop, when I was 19, (with) different ‘Nancy Drew’ games on it,” she shared. “So I was pretty well versed. When it came about I was, like, ‘Ah, ah, I’ve been doing this my whole life. I’m ready to go.’

Kennedy adds, “But then when I got the part, it had been a while since I read the books. And I intentionally did not reread them because I was confident in the history that I had with the character, and I felt like I knew her really well.”

“I feel like I wanted to just be true and dedicate myself to the Nancy that we were creating, with all the knowledge that I already had to back up the historical relevance of her traits and things like that.”

However, Kennedy‘s Nancy is a bit different from the 1930s book version: “She’s very prim and proper in the 1930s editions of the books, and we’re showing her in a more modern context. But, yeah, I think that there is just a broader market for a lot riskier material.”

Nancy Drew premieres THIS WEEK on The CW!

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Kennedy McMann Talks 'Nancy Drew' at PaleyFest: 'She's Not The Perfect Detective'

Kennedy McMann Talks 'Nancy Drew' at PaleyFest: 'She's Not The Perfect Detective'

Kennedy McMann is spilling on her favorite part of playing Nancy Drew!

The 22-year-old actress joined the show’s cast for 2019 PaleyFest‘s fall TV previews on Saturday night (September 7) at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif.

She was joined by her co-stars including Tunji Kasim, Maddison Jaizani, Alex Saxon, Leah Lewis, Kennedy McMann and Scott Wolf as well as writers Kennedy McMann and Melinda Hsu Taylor and producer Stephanie Savage.

During the panel, Kennedy explained that she loves that Nancy isn’t the perfect character.

“For me it’s refreshing because she’s not the perfect girlfriend, daughter, robot, detective girl. That’s not interesting at all to me. The stuff that drives me is this realistic messiness that’s displayed in all the grey areas of life,” Kennedy said on stage.

Make sure to check out the first trailer for the upcoming series!

Nancy Drew premieres on October 9th on The CW.

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Ashleigh Murray & Lucy Hale Join 'Katy Keene' Co-Stars at CW's Summer TCA Party

Ashleigh Murray & Lucy Hale Join 'Katy Keene' Co-Stars at CW's Summer TCA Party

Ashleigh Murray turns heads in her red slip dress while arriving for The CW’s Summer 2019 TCA Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night (August 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The actress met up with her Katy Keene co-stars Lucy Hale, Lucien Laviscount, Julia Chan, Jonny Beauchamp, Camille Hyde, Zane Holtz, and Katherine LaNasa for the event following the press panel for their upcoming series.

“Shooting the pilot for Katy was very different than Riverdale,” Ashleigh admitted during the panel, adding that “I’ve been able to play with the rest of Josie’s personality.”

She continued, “On Riverdale she’s secluded; she was good at minding her business. With this experience, it was a lot more fun for me to let Josie have fun.”

The cast of Nancy DrewKennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alvina August, Alex Saxon, Riley Smith and Scott Wolf – are also pictured at the two events.

If you missed it, you can catch the new trailer for Katy Keene on JJJ now!

See 70+ pics of the Katy Keene and Nancy Drew casts inside!

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Kennedy McMann & 'Nancy Drew' Cast Share First Look at New CW Series

Kennedy McMann & 'Nancy Drew' Cast Share First Look at New CW Series

Kennedy McMann surrounds herself with her Nancy Drew co-stars at the 2019 CW Network Upfront on Thursday morning (May 16) in New York City.

The upcoming actress was joined by Alex Saxon, Maddison Jaizani, Leah Lewis, and Tunji Kasim on the red carpet to promote the new show.

The series will center on Nancy (McMann), a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college.

But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene: Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Lewis); a rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Jaizani); Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Kasim), and amiable burnout Ace (Saxon).

Now, the five of them must team up to clear their own names – encountering emotional entanglements and even more mysteries along the way.

The series will air on Wednesdays this fall on The CW.

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